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On your marks: competition for Tokyo Olympics mascot starts in August

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 6:33am
TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo Olympic organizers announced on Monday a competition to design the mascots for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and said elementary school students would vote for the winners.

Soccer: Arsenal owner Kroenke says his shares in club not for sale

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 5:46am
(Reuters) - Arsenal majority owner Stan Kroenke's KSE (Kroenke Sports & Entertainment) UK Inc said on Monday its shares in the Premier League club were not for sale after media reports that the club's second-largest investor had made an offer to buy out Kroenke.

Zverev downplays French Open chances despite Rome victory

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 4:05am
(Reuters) - German Alexander Zverev says he cannot rest on his laurels after beating Novak Djokovic to win the Italian Open on Sunday and has set his sights on bigger titles in order to retain his place in the world's top 10.

Gritty Celtics stun Cavaliers to reduce series deficit

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 11:20pm
(The Sports Xchange) - Avery Bradley's shot in the last second of Game Three touched every part of the rim before bouncing in, giving the Celtics an improbable 111-108 road win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday.

Olympics: Australia closer to sports lottery for funding athletes

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 11:15pm
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's federal sports minister Greg Hunt has thrown his weight behind a push for a national lottery to boost funding for athletes and arrest the country's slide down the Olympic medals table.

Jang giving up LPGA membership, returning to Korean tour

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 10:24pm
SEOUL (Reuters) - World number 10 Jang Ha-na is rescinding her membership of the U.S. LPGA Tour and will return to South Korea to compete on the domestic women's golf circuit from next month, her agency Sportizen said on Monday.

Mega-weapon fading as tennis broadens out?

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 9:42pm
(Reuters) - Modern wisdom suggests a sure-fire formula for success in tennis. The steps are few, and simple: deliver an inch-perfect serve to set up a heavy forehand, and... boom.

Thompson takes wire-to-wire win at Kingsmill

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 8:33pm
(The Sports Xchange) - Lexi Thompson earned her first win of the year, shooting a 6-under-par 65 on Sunday to complete a wire-to-wire victory at the LPGA Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Virginia

Warriors' Pachulia receiving threats after Leonard injury

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 8:11pm
(Reuters) - Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia has received online threats directed at him and his family following a controversial injury to San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard, according to a local media report.

Penguins pulverize Senators to take 3-2 series lead

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 6:53pm
(The Sports Xchange) - Goaltender Matt Murray picked up his second career postseason shutout as the Pittsburgh Penguins thrashed Ottawa 7-0 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final on Sunday, pushing the Senators to the brink of elimination.

Dixon wins Indy pole, Alonso starts fifth

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 6:20pm
(Reuters) - New Zealand's Scott Dixon won the pole for next week's Indy 500 when he posted the fastest average speed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Day, Horschel in playoff in Texas

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 6:18pm
(Reuters) - Australian Jason Day and American Billy Horschel were headed for a playoff after tying at 268 in regulation at the Byron Nelson in Texas on Sunday.

Sweden shock holders Canada in shootout to win world title

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 5:35pm
COLOGNE (Reuters) - Underdogs Sweden were crowned world champions in dramatic fashion on Sunday, stunning holders Canada in a penalty shootout after the teams were locked at 1-1 over 80 minutes.

Spurs' Leonard likely out for third straight game

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 4:01pm
(The Sports Xchange) - The San Antonio Spurs, on the brink of elimination, likely will be without star forward Kawhi Leonard for Monday night's Game Four of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors, who lead the series 3-0.

Ronaldo fires Real Madrid to first title since 2012 with win at Malaga

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 3:24pm
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Real Madrid ended a five-year wait to win La Liga on Sunday as Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema secured a 2-0 win at Malaga which clinched a 33rd league triumph.

Manchester City, Liverpool deny Arsenal Champions League slot on final day

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 1:22pm
LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester City and Liverpool claimed the last two Champions League qualifying spots with comfortable wins on Sunday that meant Arsene Wenger's Arsenal missed out on Europe's elite club competition for the first time in 20 years.

Motor racing: Bourdais has successful surgery after crash at Indy

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 12:02pm
(Reuters) - French driver Sebastien Bourdais has undergone successful surgery for pelvic injuries sustained while attempting to qualify for the Indianapolis 500, officials said on Sunday.

Cycling: Jungels takes Giro stage 15, Quintana closes on Dumoulin

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 11:59am
(Reuters) - Luxembourg's Bob Jungels outsprinted Nairo Quintana to win stage 15 of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday after the peloton rode 199km from Valdengo to Bergamo.

Zverev stuns Djokovic to win Italian Open

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 11:21am
ROME (Reuters) - German youngster Alexander Zverev pulled off the biggest win of his career on Sunday when he beat world number two Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-3 to win the Italian Open on Sunday.

Svitolina wins in Rome after Halep falters in final set

Sun, 05/21/2017 - 10:10am
ROME (Reuters) - Elina Svitolina won the women's singles at the Italian Open final to claim her fourth title of the season on Sunday after her opponent Simona Halep sunk without trace in the final set.